DPS seizes over $2.3 million in U.S. currency and nearly $30 million worth of illegal drugs in the first quarter of 2010
DPS officers also seized 133 vehicles from suspected drug smugglers
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Several traffic stops by Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers along with the efforts of DPS criminal investigators resulted in DPS seizing $2,368,036 in
DPS also seized a total of 30,190 pounds of marijuana during this year’s first quarter and current street values put the amount of marijuana seized at $16,604,500. Furthermore, DPS Officers seized 146 pounds of methamphetamine this quarter with a street value of $2,774,000. In addition, DPS seized 313 pounds (142 kilos) of cocaine since the first of this year worth approximately $10,300,000. The total value of the illicit drugs seized by DPS during the first quarter of 2010 is over $29,442,000. DPS officers also seized 133 vehicles from drug smugglers during this same time.
One of the more significant seizures by DPS occurred on March 23, 2010, just before 1:00 p.m., a DPS Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Officer stopped a commercial tractor-trailer traveling north on Interstate 17 near Anthem for a traffic violation. The officer obtained written consent to search the commercial vehicle which revealed 1,384 pounds of marijuana in the trailer. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $761,200. The driver, John B. Fanning, 46 of
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